You can perform tasks to manage both the discussion board itself and the content within forums and threads. For example, to keep students focused as the term progresses, edit forum settings or organize forums and threads to attract attention again. You can also add forums to other locations, edit content, and delete unneeded forums or threads. To help students locate important posts, you can enable tagging and attach tags.
You can assign forum roles to limit access to a forum or to help with forum administration. For example, to help control the discussion board content that is presented to your students, you can assign a responsible user the role of moderator.
You can make some simple changes to help you successfully manage your discussion board content.
A discussion forum has been available for two weeks with few contributions. What changes can I make to the forum to encourage participation?
Two changes you can make:
By the end of the semester, my discussion board contains dozens of forums. What can I do to provide better organization and flow?
To keep your discussion board organized:
As the discussion progresses, you can solve some discussion issues by editing forum settings. For example, if students are posting to the wrong topic, you can fine-tune the forum name or description to clarify the forum's purpose.
You can create all forums at the beginning of the term and make them unavailable. When you need a forum, edit the forum to make it available.
You can edit posts in any thread. If a student added inappropriate or inaccurate content, you can edit the post. When you create or edit a forum, you determine whether students are allowed to edit their published posts.
When you delete a forum or thread, all content is permanently deleted. You will not be able to refer to the posts if a student wants to dispute a grade. For a less permanent solution, you can make a forum unavailable.
When you delete graded discussion content, you determine if the Grade Center column and scores are also deleted.
On a thread’s page, you can delete individual posts within a thread using the Delete function. This action is irreversible. Any replies to the post you are deleting will also be permanently deleted.
You can help students focus on the most relevant content by reorganizing your discussion board. When you create a forum, it is added to the bottom of the list. You can move the current forum to the top or delete forums that are no longer relevant.
Reorder forums using the drag-and-drop function to move them into place. Alternatively, use the keyboard accessible reordering tool on the action bar.
You can copy discussion forums and add them to the current discussion board or to a group discussion board in the same course. Copying does not delete the content from the original location in a course. You have the option to copy a forum, the settings, and the posts, or to copy just a forum's settings.
To copy discussion board forums to another course, use the copy course utility.
Copy the entire forum
If two distinct topics emerge during a discussion, you can create separate forums for these topics. Copy the forum and delete the off-topic posts from each forum.
When you copy content, all threads and replies appear in the new location, along with any file attachments.
Copy forum settings only
You can base a new forum on the settings from another forum. If you want students to submit a second research paper, copy the settings of the first research paper's forum. The forum is added with no threads.
Discussion forums you copy to a group discussion board only include messages authored by the group’s members.